The late-night show Charlamagne Tha God has been rebranded with a new name, new executive producer and new format – but the focus remains the same.
The series, which airs Thursdays (11:30 p.m.) on Comedy Central, premiered last September under the title “Tha God Honest Truth” and featured skits, social experiments and celebrity guests including Vice President Kamala Harris.
It’s back now as Comedy Central’s Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God, with Josh Lieb, a former executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, brought on board to help steer the ship .
Charlamagne (aka Lenard McKelvey) — a Radio Hall of Famer who co-hosts the nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 with DJ Envy and Angela Yee — spoke to The Post about “Hell of A Week” and his mission forward.
Why was the show renamed?
The rebranding is literally because that’s what the company wanted. They do these focus groups and research groups and tests… “Hell of a Week” reads more like a weekly late-night talk show than “Tha God’s Honest Truth.” I’m always a student and I’m trying to learn, and I’m also trying to win — so when the network comes to me and says, ‘We think that with a tweak like this, more viewers will come to the show and realize there’s a weekly Show is late night talk show”… I’ll trust the experts.
Will the focus on a panel format affect how you host the show?
“I actually think so [the panel format] loosens me up because I really enjoy conversations in a community and I love… exchanging ideas and debating. I never want my perspective to be the only perspective; I want other people’s input and discussion. You get a lot of education there sometimes and I think it will be more beneficial for me and the viewers at home.
Was Josh Lieb made to take the show in a different direction?
no I mean, in season 1 we talked about decoding America, and I think if a network let you talk about that, I think that would basically be America’s version of denazification – and to say “banger.” ” about 75 times in an episode — I don’t think they’re going to censor you too much. Josh is an asset to the team and we already have such a great creative team including my showrunner Rachael Edwards who is amazing at what she does. I firmly believe that if [the network] If you want that kind of show, you have to be in business with someone who’s already done it — and Josh has done it [won] seven Emmys with “The Daily Show”. So I think his CV speaks for itself; there wasn’t anything missing from the show – Josh is just a great addition.
Are there fundamental differences between working and radio and television?
You must always be your true, authentic self, which is the most important thing when you are on any of these platforms because no one out there can do what you are doing. Radio has a system and television has a system and they are not the same. I’m so used to playing in the radio and podcast system that sometimes when I approach the TV I feel like I never have enough time. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard basketball or football players talk about how the game is slowing down for them: Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Steph Curry, these are people who are just a little bit better than everyone else – The game might be moving fast for everyone else, but it’s slowing down for them. This is how I feel when I’m on the radio or on a podcast. TV still feels like it’s moving at a fast pace. I’m used to having long interviews or conversations – and now I’m sitting down with one person [on TV] and I’ll only speak for seven minutes.
Who is your ultimate “get” for an interview?
The only guest I really want to have is Judy flower. I’m a huge Judy Blume fan and grew up reading her books. My mother told me when I was younger to read things that weren’t my business and Judy was the one I used to go to [in those situations]. She’s the only person I really want to talk to – no matter the platform.